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Brewery Corner scoops national award

Brewery Corner, Kilkenny

It's not a brewery and it's not on a corner, but Kilkenny's leading craft beer pub can now boast national recognition having been awarded the 2013 Craft Beer Pub of the Year by Licensing World Magazine.

Even though the pub has only been in business for less than six months, the award will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited: perhaps uniquely among Irish pubs, every beer on tap comes from an Irish microbrewery and the selection is wide-ranging. Although the premises is owned by the Carlow Brewing Company it is heartening to see such support being given to the smaller producers.

The pub itself is clean and modern with some nice traditional touches including open fires. The staff are well trained, extremely helpful and show a genuine enthusiasm for craft beer.

Congratulations from Beoir to all who have made Brewery Corner such a success in a short space of time.

Brewery Corner: 29 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

(Picture from Facebook)

 

Meet Christina

I really have been into craft beer since I came of age to legally drink in America. My parents lived in Wisconsin which is home to some amazing craft breweries like New Galrus, a small brewery that makes some truly exceptional beers, including their famous Spotted Cow. When I was at University in West Virginia, we used to drive 45 minutes out of state to pick up quality craft beers that weren't available in the state yet. I've lived in six states in the US, most recently, in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. The craft beer scene in and around DC is massive. There are loads of events like the Northern Virginia Brewfest, as well as some great craft breweries, brew pubs and craft beer bars. Craft beer is a big movement in DC and you will, in my estimation, run into more people who like craft beer than not. It was because of this that a friend and I co-founded a craft beer group for women in 2009, which my friend still runs. 
I moved to Ireland in August of 2011 to pursue my postgraduate degrees and joined Beoir right away. 
 
Christina is the founder of the Dublin Ladies Craft Beer Society on meetup.com
 
Chairman's note:
 
We have set up a new forum on Beoir forum called Beoir Ladies and Christina will be trying to round up women to join Beoir and get involved as well as existing women who tend not to be so active. Christina has already organised many beer events for women in the US and Ireland so I am confident in her abilities.
 
 

Forget Munich

Irishtoberfest at The Bull and CastleOktoberfest season is upon us once again, the annual celebration of strong Bavarian lager served in one litre mugs. It's the time of year when you can expect to find even the most traditional of Irish pubs decked out in blue and white and flying the flags of either Paulaner or Erdinger.

Usually, The Bull & Castle in Dublin is no exception to this, but they've taken a different tack for 2013. From 20th September through to 6th October the Beer Hall will be celebrating its first "Irishtoberfest", showcasing limited edition beers from Irish microbreweries.

The line-up includes Eight Degrees Amber Ella, one of the best-received beers at the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival earlier this month. Brand new specials include Smokescreen: a dark smoked ale from Metalman, and Fuzzy Logic: the first wheat beer by Trouble Brewing. If you simply must have a maßkrug of lager there's O'Hara's Helles and Eight Degrees Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner to quench your thirst.

Prost!

We bought a batch!

Reuben Gray of Beoir presents a cheque to Maudeine and Sam Black of Kinsale Craft Brewery

When Black's Kinsale Craft Brewery launched a crowd funding initiative on the Indiegogo platform it immediately captured the interest of Beoir members. Sam even adjusted the offer listing to allow those who just wanted to buy the exclusive beers he has planned.

But Beoir Chairman Reuben Gray noticed an opportunity for something bigger: at the bottom of the listings was the offer of a personalised batch of beer on the Kinsale pilot system: 200 bottles with a price tag of €1,000. Perhaps 20 of us could club together and commission a unique Beoir brew? It took just eight days to collect the necessary number of pledges, with some late joiners just missing the final places. Could we do it again?

A second round was opened and at this point Sam himself stepped in to sweeten the deal, offering a brew on his full-size brewkit and doubling the beer allocation for each pledger. This round took less than a week to fill up and on Sunday 8th September at the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, Reuben presented Sam and Maudeline with a cheque for €2,000.

The beer is due to be brewed in early 2014 and the part of the batch not allocated to pledgers will be available to the public in a strictly limited edition (though the launch party has dibs on at least some of it). We're left with just one important question: what shall we brew?

The Black's Kinsale Craft Brewery Indiegogo campaign is 90% complete but there are still lots of great offers available to funders before the 15th September deadline. Take a look!

  

 

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